May 23, 2008

Litigating against innovation: Legal attacks on Linux

Author: JT Smith

The casual observer could be excused for believing that litigation and teams of lawyers were the largest part of technical innovation in the computing industries, such has been the part played by litigation and threats of litigation around patents, copyrights and trademarks during recent years.

Unfortunately, litigation has become a highly profitable way of doing business. Big money can be made for a relatively small outlay and litigation predicated around the "ownership" of ideas, patents and copyrights requires minimal investment in staff, research, manufacture or the trading of hard goods.

In fact all these activities have become superfluous in some areas of industry where possession of "Intellectual Property" has become the primary objective of trading.



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